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THE MYSTERY OF LESLIE ARNOLD: PART TWO

The ‘Boy Scout’ joins forces with a hardened con to plot a way out of the Nebraska State Penitentiary – and succeeds

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Leslie Arnold's mug shot from his arrival at Nebraska penitentiary on June 9, 1959.

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Band

Leslie Arnold plays with a band in prison as part of a self betterment activity in the late 1960s.

John Greenholtz

Nebraska Penitentiary Deputy Warden John Greenholtz

Harding

Jim Harding being read charges after arrest on May 27, 1959.

Personal ad

An ad in the personals section of The World-Herald signaled the go ahead for the escape plan for Leslie Arnold and Jim Harding.

Prison

From left: The trusties’ bunk room at the State Penitentiary in Lincoln in the 1960s; the trusties' dayoom; a 1969 photo of the penitentiary’s perimeter fencing, similar to what Leslie Arnold and Jim Harding scaled to escape.

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Law Enforcement officials search for escapees Leslie Arnold and Jim Harding on July 18, 1967.

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The Nebraska Penitentiary in 1970.

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Henry is a general assignment reporter, but his specialty is deep dives into state issues and public policy. He's also into the numbers behind a story, yet to meet a spreadsheet he didn't like. Follow him on Twitter @HenryCordes. Phone: 402-444-1130.

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